iRacing Porsche Supercup: Double for Job in incident packed races

The cream of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup continued to rise to the top on Saturday at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, as Sebastian Job scored another double victory in the sprint and feature races ahead of Apex Racing Team drivers Kevin Ellis Jr. and Yohann Harth.

But the real story may have been heavy aggression among the rest of the field, as multiple incidents for both Joshua Rogers and Alejandro Sanchez put the Red Bull Racing Esports driver in complete control of the championship with just three races remaining.

“Wow, what a result!” said Job. “I really didn’t expect this today, we prepared a lot but in the practice sessions I had my doubts about the pace. Luckily I got a really solid lap in qualifying to get p1 and the 10 points alongside it, knowing that the race pace was also likely a bit better than qualifying pace anyway. For the main race

“I managed to lead the whole race, trying my best to break the slipstream but unfortunately didn’t have quite enough. Luckily there was a crash behind that allowed me to have some breathing room, and get the double win!”

At first, Saturday looked like it might finally be the day for Mitchell deJong, one of last year’s top title contenders, to snap his streak of bad luck thus far in 2020. After qualifying eighth, he’d start first in the sprint race, and hang onto the lead for much of it.

But pressure from Kevin Ellis Jr. eventually opened the door for Job, Maximilian Benecke, and Rogers to get through as well, and contact from behind from Sanchez in the first corner late in the race dropped him well outside of the top 10.

What had looked to be one of the decisive moments of the championship battle may have come nine minutes into the feature, as Rogers pressured Sanchez for third. Going into the final chicane, the cars touched slightly, with Sanchez spinning off track as a result. The Spanish driver would recover and remain in the top 10, but his podium hopes for the feature were finished.

But as Rogers and Benecke, last year’s top two drivers in the series, battled for second in the final third of the race, their aggression got the best of them. After trading the spot multiple times in the previous corners, the drivers made contact in Les Combes, sending both off track and into the wall, and down to seventh and eighth.

Sanchez, seeing an opportunity, tried to get past Tommy Ostgaard for fourth, but suffered another spin as a result. He’d regain fifth across the line after spinning Martin Kronke in the final corner, with Benecke sixth and Rogers seventh pending a review of the race.

Full results from the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature from Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 1 22 Sebastian Job 13 13 2:19.400 85
2 2 98 Kevin Ellis Jr 13 -2.845 0 2:19.470 67
3 6 90 Yohann Harth 13 -3.365 0 2:19.377 57
4 7 58 Tommy Østgaard 13 -4.162 0 2:19.733 51
5 5 47 Alejandro Sánchez 13 -9.534 0 2:19.247 56
6 3 11 Maximilian Benecke 13 -9.738 0 2:19.354 55
7 4 92 Joshua K Rogers 13 -11.214 0 2:19.301 54
8 11 49 Jamie Fluke 13 -11.306 0 2:19.649 36
9 9 21 Graham Carroll 13 -11.597 0 2:19.706 36
10 15 31 David Williams 13 -12.552 0 2:20.245 28
11 8 5 Martin Krönke 13 -13.025 0 2:19.633 33
12 13 16 Mack Bakkum 13 -13.457 0 2:20.159 26
13 18 83 Bobby Zalenski 13 -13.921 0 2:20.191 19
14 16 7 Jeff Giassi 13 -14.134 0 2:20.213 19
15 14 110 Christopher Dambietz 13 -14.437 0 2:20.030 19
16 12 94 Jarrad Filsell 13 -14.633 0 2:19.832 19
17 17 27 Patrik Holzmann 13 -15.172 0 2:20.125 13
18 25 24 Mitchell deJong 13 -15.418 0 2:19.813 8
19 19 43 Brian Lockwood 13 -16.223 0 2:19.903 9
20 24 23 Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola 13 -18.149 0 2:20.141 6
21 31 14 Marc Perez 13 -20.115 0 2:20.327 5
22 28 29 Carl E Jansson 13 -24.402 0 2:20.206 4
23 23 77 Valtteri Alander 13 -24.728 0 2:20.292 3
24 29 211 Thibault Cazaubon 13 -24.801 0 2:20.131 2
25 26 36 Joshua W Anderson 13 -34.563 0 2:20.190 1
26 27 42 Matti Kaidesoja 13 -35.368 0 2:20.314 0
27 20 10 Jack Sedgwick 13 -44.450 0 2:21.639 1
28 30 4 Marin S Colak 3 -10 L 0 0
29 10 2 Jeremy Bouteloup 3 -10 L 0 11
30 22 107 Tuomas Tähtelä 2 -11 L 0 0
31 21 33 Ricardo Castro Ledo 2 -11 L 0 0
32 32 28 Alexander Thiebe 0 -13 L 0 0
33 33 57 Dayne Warren 0 -13 L 0 0

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup points through seven rounds are as follows:

  1. Sebastian Job, 445
  2. Joshua Rogers, 400
  3. Alejandro Sanchez, 389
  4. Maximilian Benecke, 340
  5. Kevin Ellis Jr., 256
  6. Dayne Warren, 246
  7. Tommy Ostgaard, 237
  8. Jeff Giassi, 228
  9. Graham Carroll, 175
  10. Mack Bakkum, 163

The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season resumes next week at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

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